New Banner.jpg

May 8, 2020

Conducting Business Virtually

Zoom Collage.png

Thanks to technology, I have been able to keep in touch with local business and health care leaders and lead discussions about the quality of our water during the COVID-19 pandemic.


On Monday, I joined a discussion with area hospital administrators of Upland Hills Health, the Monroe Clinic, Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County, the Richland Hospital, Reedsburg Area Medical Center, Grant Regional Health Center, Mile Bluff Medical Center, Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics, and Southwest Health to discuss the challenges they are facing and plans to resume previously delayed elective procedures. They encourage patients to use the emergency department or urgent care if they feel it necessary. Wisconsin's hospitals and clinics are safe, clean, and taking the necessary precautions to care for patients and their families. (top right)

Unable to hold the event in-person, UW-Madison hosted a virtual Water@UW-Madison Spring Symposium this year. The theme of the event was "Working Together to Address Water Challenges - UW-Madison and State Government." As Chairman of the Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality, I joined Vice-Chair Katrina Shankland to provide an overview and answer questions for an audience of over 400 about the work of this unprecedented, bipartisan task force. Our presentation highlighted the 13 bills introduced and passed in the Assembly this session. (top left)

Finally, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce hosted a discussion with several area businesses about the state government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I had the opportunity to provide an update and answer questions about the ongoing pandemic and resources available to assist businesses during this difficult time. Thank you to all who attended. Your ideas and experiences are extremely helpful as we work together on a plan that prioritizes public health and slowly reopens our state. (bottom)

coronavirus update resized.jpg


Coronavirus Update


As of May 8, The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has received 97,265 negative test results and 9,590 positive test results for COVID-19. Of those who tested positive for the virus, 1,767 (18%) were hospitalized. The most up-to-date testing information can be found here.


The Department of Health Services has launched a new website that shows community testing locations around the state. The searchable map, updated daily, allows users to locate their nearest testing location.


If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 click here to complete an online screening and receive feedback from a medical professional.


State Updates:

Federal Updates:

Business Owners:

  • The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has compiled industry specific documents to assist business owners return to business while taking the necessary precautions. Click here to view these resources.


  • UW System President Ray Cross presented a plan to the UW Board of Regents recommending campuses cut programs and consolidate administrative operations as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps campuses closed. The UW System estimates a $170 million loss in the spring semester due to the pandemic.
  • All UW System schools except UW-Madison will not require applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of their applications this year or next.



Other Developments:

Useful Links:




Best Practices:

The Centers for Disease Control have posted the following tips to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

More information on coronavirus from the CDC can be found here

Mom 2_Twitter Resized.jpg
Local Business Resized.jpg

How You Can Help

  • Support Local Business - Do your part to make sure your favorite spots are around when we get through this. Many restaurants are offering generous discounts and providing pick up and delivery service. Call your favorite spot to see what they are offering and tip a little more than usual as restaurants are serving fewer people. If you prefer to dine in, consider purchasing a gift card for later use. The Wisconsin Restaurant Association is compiling a list of restaurants remaining open for pick up and delivery. If you are a restaurant owner or you know of a restaurant offering these services, feel free to add their information.


  • Give Blood - The American Red Cross reports that they are facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during the coronavirus outbreak. Click here to learn more about how you can donate and locate a blood drive taking place in our area.


  • Give to Food Banks and Delivery Services - Organizations like Feeding America and Meals on Wheels are in need of donations and volunteers to provide food to those in need during this difficult time. Charity Navigator has also compiled a list of trustworthy charities in need of resources. Click here for a list of soup kitchens and food pantries in our area.


  • Volunteer - Volunteers are needed to staff shelters and provide food delivery services throughout the state. United Way Wisconsin has provided a dashboard to connect volunteers with organizations looking for help. Click here to view.


Stay Well and Be Safe!